As many of you know by now, I am a huge Arsenal fan and this may be more than a little biased. I have attempted to compress Arsenal FC’s long and lustrous history into a timeline, noting the milestones and achievements over the years. So, with all due bias, here it goes:
1886 – DIAL SQUARE
The team’s inception in the year 1886 was initiated by a group of workers in South London and was originally called Dial Square, after one of the workshops in the area. It was later on changed to Royal Arsenal.
1891 – WOOLWICH ARSENAL
The name was changed to Woolwich Arsenal when the team went professional. Later on, the prefix was dropped and the team became Arsenal Football Club, but was more popularly and unofficially known as The Arsenal.
1904 – FIRST DIVISION
In 1893, Arsenal was elected to 2nd division and, after several wins, got gained promotion to first division in 1904.
1913 – WIN SOME, LOSE SOME
This year was a memorable one for the club. This was when they were relegated, but was also the year when they moved to their present location, the Arsenal Stadium in Highbury. The move was instigated by Sir Harry Norris, though what motivated it is still unclear up to now.
1919 – BACK ON TOP
After the World War I, the same Sir Harry Norris maneuvered Arsenal back into the 1st Division, partly due to the club’s service to the league and for being in it for longer than its rival, Tottenham. The rivalry between the two clubs started here.
1925 – UP AND UP
This was the year when Sir Henry Norris, by then Arsenal’s chairman, hire Herbert Chapman to be Arsenal’s new manager. Chapman implemented changes and transformed Arsenal into one of the greatest names in English football. He also got a nearby underground station renamed after the team.
1930 – FIRST MAJOR TROPHY
Arsenal won its first major trophy, the FA Cup.
1931 – FIRST LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
They won their first league championship in 1931 and was followed by 4 ltitles and another FA Cup over the next 7 years.
1970 – FIRST EUROPEAN TROPHY
Having defeated Anderlecht for the UEFA Fairs Cup, Arsenal won their first European trophy after a few unfortunate years of decline.
1992 – MAKING HISTORY AGAIN
In 1992, the Premiership’s inaugural year, Arsenal made history again when they won the two domestic cups all in the same season.
As a bonus, here are Arsenal’s top 5 greatest players, (according to them, at least)
- THIERRY HENRY – Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer, hands down.
- DENNIS BERGKAMP – one of the greatest players alive, dubbed as the “Non-Flying Dutchman”
- TONY ADAMS – spent 22 years as defender at Arsenal, and is now an assistant manager for the club’s under-18s
- IAN WRIGHT – “Ian Wright Wright Wright”, the fans loved his flourish on the pitch when striking goals
- PATRICK VIEIRA – one remarkable Frenchman who could distribute the ball effectively and win it as well, this guy is a PASS LEGEND!